King Leopold's Ghost (2006)

King Leopold's Ghost



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Filmmakers Pippa Scott and Oreet Rees explore the reprehensible legacy of Belgium's King Leopold II in this documentary adaptation of Adam Hochschild's best-selling book. His envy growing as powerful neighbors France, England, and the Netherlands began claiming valuable African coastal land in order to access a variety of precious resources, Leopold eventually opted to follow the path carved out by explorer Henry Morgan Stanley that led directly into the heart of the Congo. An agent for private … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By: ,
Written By: Pippa Scott
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Critic Reviews for King Leopold's Ghost

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (10)

Although King Leopold's Ghost dwells perhaps too long on the viciousness, it does offer clues on how it became a circle.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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An often infuriating (and excruciating) film to watch, but one that gets to the root of the despair that now plagues so much of the African continent.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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King Leopold's Ghost can be recommended as an economical education in one of the lesser-known atrocities of the capitalist system, as well as an eye-opening account of history's most ruthless amasser of wealth.

August 23, 2006
New York Observer
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In its hard-hitting depiction of a legacy of unspeakable brutality, this film shows that the ghosts of Leopold are alive and well.

August 18, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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The movie, directed by Pippa Scott and Oreet Rees, includes beautifully shot footage of the lush landscape, plus horrifying black and white footage and stills of the Congolese under the yoke of Leopold and his successors.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
New York Daily News
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Europe's genocidal adventures in Africa receive a passionate reckoning in this ambitious documentary based on Adam Hochschild's best-selling history of the same title.

August 18, 2006
New York Times
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